Collaborations Focused on Enhancing Undergraduate Involvement in Remote Sensing Applications to Atmospheric and Earth Science Research

ECSU Author/Contributor (non-ECSU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda Bailey Hayden, Director of Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: This paper discusses the mentoring strategies used with groups of undergraduate physics, mathematics, and atmospheric science majors to develop their ability to contribute to remote sensing investigations. The projects have been a joint effort of scientists and educators at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton University in Virginia, Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Stennis Space Center, and The Office of Naval Research. Atmospheric Science investigations have included verification of Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER). The SABER instrument is one of the four instruments housed on the Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite. SABER explores the MLTI (Mesosphere Lithosphere Thermosphere Ionosphere) region of the Earth's atmosphere using infrared limb emission to sound the atmosphere. Other atmospheric science investigations have included use of a single scatter lidar equation to investigate tropospheric and stratospheric aerosol and temperature measurements derived from the 355 and 532 nm channels and comparison of the SAGE III limb scattering data to other instruments measuring similar aerosol and gas profiles. Earth science investigations include investigating incidents of coastal upwelling during the summer of 2000 along the northeastern coast of North Carolina (from Cape Hatteras to the Virginia Commonwealth border) by comparing archived in situ near and offshore wind and temperature measurements with sea surface temperatures deduced from observations by the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) on board several of NOAA's Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites (POES); remote sensing investigation of turbidity and water clarity in the Atlantic Ocean with the use of SeaWiFS data during which the frequency and extent of turbidity events in the Atlantic coast was studied and SeaWiFS ocean color data was utilized to generate Secchi disk depth estimates- - and; determining the spatial and temporal variability of chlorophyll concentrations in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico during 2002. Techniques for developing the required collaborations, student selection, and organization of research training activities are described in this paper.

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Language: English
Date: 2006
Aerosols; atmospheric temperature; ocean temperature; oceanographic regions; physics education; remote sensing; wind; remote sensing applications; atmospheric research; Earth science research; undergraduate physics; NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton University; Virginia; Elizabeth City; State University; North Carolina; Office of Naval Research; Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry; SABER instrument; Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics; TIMED satellite; Mesosphere Lithosphere Thermosphere Ionosphere region; infrared limb emission; scatter lidar equation; tropospheric aerosol; stratospheric aerosol; atmospheric temperature measurements; SAGE III limb scattering data; gas profiles; coastal upwelling; wind measurements; sea surface temperatures; Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer; AVHRR; NOAA Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellites; POES; turbidity; Atlantic Ocean; SeaWiFS ocean color data; chlorophyll concentrations; northwestern Gulf of Mexico; AD 2002; research training activities; Stennis Space Center; Collaboration; Remote sensing; Geoscience; Instruments; Atmosphere; Radiometry; Ionosphere; Satellite broadcasting; Acoustic scattering; Aerosols

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